Cracking end to holiday weekend

The cracking holiday weekend weather has continued for most of the country, with unseasonably warm temperatures breaking through in some areas.

MetService meteorologist James Millward said the high pressure ridge had brought warm, settled weather to much of the country.

"Most people will have woken up to a blue sky today, which is a very nice start for your Monday off," Millward said.

For the North Island, Masterton was expected top the temperature chart at 25C, about 6C higher than expected in the town for this time for year, Millward said.

"Palmerston North looks pretty hot, 24C, so that's quite a few degrees above average for them at this time of year."

In the South Island, Alexandra was set for a scorcher, with a forecast high of 26C.

"Wanaka is another one to watch out for, they are looking at a max of 25C and that would actually be higher than their average temp for October - so pretty warm."

There had been some morning fog in Christchurch, particularly around the airport, but it was expected to "brighten up to a fine day".

The sunshine was expected to give way to isolated showers in Taupō, Taihape and Marlborough during the late afternoon and evening.

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